Imaging/Radiology Services at Community Westview Hospital is a fully digitized department utilizing the latest technology. Our Picture Archive Communication System (PACs) enables physicians to review images from their office, home or hospital. Our staff combines technical expertise with courtesy and can perform a full range of diagnostic tests. What sets Community Westview apart is the personal attention each patient receives. A friendly greeting, attention to the patient and family, and clear answers to your questions are all important aspects of your experience here. Our multidisciplinary imaging team includes highly-skilled professionals with technical expertise who also embrace the osteopathic philosophy of care – providing exceptional care that is simply delivered.
To schedule a medical imaging appointment at Westview, please call 317-920-4400 (Mon - Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).
Imaging services is a broad term for a number of technologies that produce a visual “picture” inside of the body. Those technologies include:
We perform routine X-ray imaging, including fluoroscopy procedures.
What you need to know: You can simply walk in with a physician order, register at the front desk, and wait your turn to have your x-ray completed.
Ultrasound is a way of obtaining internal imaging by using high frequency sound waves and turning them into a picture that the physician can use to evaluate. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (x-ray). Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, heart, uterus, ovaries, thyroid and scrotum (testicles).
What you need to know: Some exams require special preparations prior to exam. When a Cardiovascular Doppler Ultrasound study is performed, you may actually hear pulse-like sounds that change in pitch as the blood flow is monitored and measured.
CT scan provides the physician with multiple views of internal organs and tissue by combining x-ray and computer technology. CT is a useful way of diagnosing sinus infection, organ mass, kidney stones, fractures, cause for chest pain, liver mass, etc.
What you need to know: You may be asked not to drink or eat anything prior to the test. In some cases iodinated contrast media is used with this test. This may be administrated orally, intravenously or both.
MRI uses radio frequency waves and a strong magnetic field to provide detailed clear pictures of internal organs and tissues. MRI is used for headache, low back pain, neck pain, joint pain and/or injury, rotator cuff tear or avascular necrosis, etc.
What you need to know: To ensure your comfort, safety and the accuracy of the exam, you may be asked about artificial joints, pacemakers and other medical devices. You may have trouble being inside the machine if you are claustrophobic. The ordering physician may prescribe you medicine to help you relax.
Nuclear medicine comprises diagnostic examinations that result in images of body anatomy and function. The images are developed based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given to the patient, either intravenously or by mouth.
What you need to know: While the images are being obtained, you must remain as still as possible. This is especially true when a series of images is obtained to show how an organ functions over time.
A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray of the inside of your breasts, which can show changes too small to be felt by touch. This procedure requires compressing the breasts firmly between a plastic compression paddle and the film. This vigorous compression is essential in imaging your breasts to decrease the radiation dosage and obtain clear pictures of the inside breast structures.
There may be temporary discomfort with your breast compression, but most patients experience only a pressure sensation. Many women tell us that the experience is not as painful as they had expected. Breast compression is not dangerous and will not damage the breast tissue. Breast compression will not cause breast cancer.
Types of mammograms
- A screening mammogram is scheduled when a woman requires a routine mammogram. She is not experiencing any breast problems or symptoms and has no current history of breast disease.
- A diagnostic mammogram is scheduled when a patient is experiencing new breast symptoms (a new lump, new nipple discharge, skin thickening or dimpling) as additional evaluation or short-term follow-up of recent breast problems.
- A breast ultrasound is a painless technique that uses sound waves to visualize the internal structures of your breasts to identify fluid-filled cysts or solid nodules. Since ultrasound best detects certain types of problems under very specific conditions, it is not necessary for every woman to have this test.
What you need to know: You can simply walk in with a physician order or call 317-920-4400 to schedule an appointment. Mammography is open Monday – Friday with early and later appointments available to accommodate your busy schedule.
Body composition measurements with DXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) can look beyond the traditional body mass index (BMI) to determine fat distribution. BMI tables are based only on height and weight and do not distinguish muscle from fat. In addition to assessing risk for a variety of diseases, body composition measurement can help athletes make decisions about training regimens they use to achieve their best performance.
A Body Composition Report will include:
- Total body tissue % fat
- Total body tissue % lean
- Android/Gynoid (waist/hip) ratio
- Resting metabolic rate
- Fat distribution and tissue mapping
- Trending of change on subsequent measurements (recommended every 3 to 6 months depending on fitness goals)
What you need to know: You can simply walk in with a physician order or call 317-920-4400 to schedule an appointment. Bone density hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All Community Westview technologists are experienced in answering the question patients ask most often: “What should I expect?” Technologists explain each test so our patients understand their procedures. Imaging includes a wide variety of technologies, so the time you spend in our department depends on the complexity of your procedure. The technologist can inform you about the length of time a specific procedure involves.
Schedule an appointment
To schedule a medical imaging appointment at Community Westview Hospital, please call 317-920-4400 (Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
For more information on Community Westview Hospital’s imaging/radiology services, please call 317-920-7182.